THE rain and wind on Friday evening failed to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm at Mytton Fold Golf Club’s hugely popular Sip it and Flip it.
With wine and nibbles freely available on every tee of this nine-hole competition, a thoroughly good night was on the cards for everyone.
Fourteen teams were split over the front and back nine holes in two separate competitions, with the weather being slightly unkind for the 6-30 p.m. start. As the weather improved to help the golf, the intake of refreshment moderated the quality of performance.
A dry end to the evening was followed by a pie and peas supper in the hotel while the results were digested. The front nine-hole competition was won by the Clitheroe team of Miles Wade, Dan Preedy, Dom Preedy and Andrew Leyland (41 points), with the ladies from Great Harwood, Linda Symons, Marilyn Bernasconi, Gill Halliwell and S. Baron were runners up just one point behind.
The back-9 competition was won by the home team of Hazel Sellars, Past Lady Captain Jean Havard, John Hammond and Frank Havard with a less than sober 43 points. MFGC’s Past Captain John Berry, Nigel Fairhurst, Frank Hindle and Steve Worrell were runners-up with 41 points.
The following day, Ashley Clayton shot an outstanding 42 points off his handicap of 25 to win the Hall of Fame board competition.
Zac Ashworth was a worthy runner-up, just two points behind, with Martin Holden a further two points back to complete the podium. Luke Chadwick’s 37 points for fourth spot now takes him to the top of the Club’s Order of Merit.
It was left to two Johns to join at the Twos Pot. John Farnsworth birdied the first, while John Whittaker was beaming from ear to ear when he needed just two shots at the ninth.
Sipped and Flipped! Back-9 winners Frank Havard, Jean Havard, Lady Captain Patricia Leyland, Hazel Sellars and John Hammond are pictured (s).
• A CONSTANT downpour last Saturday resulted in a large number of competitors failing to complete the course in Clitheroe Golf Club’s Lexus Medal. However, heavy rain and deep water proved to be no barrier to Andrew Fish as he took the prize with a sparkling nett 69.
A birdie on the par three 14th and no one could catch Fish as he finished with a two-shot margin over four on 71.
Denis Greenup was no damp squid as he played the back nine in one under with eight pars and a birdie to take the runners-up spot in Division One. Richard Tyrrell had three birdies in his nett 71 but had to settle for third.
Phil Leaver continued his impressive run with the same score, but Miles Corish pipped him for fourth after countback.
Malcolm Goldsworthy won a head to head with David Short in Division Two with 71s. After a hiccup on the 12th and 13th, Malcolm stuck gold with a solid finish after cards.
Chris Eddlestone took third place on his own with his 73 and David Knowles slipped into fourth after cards with Jonathan Drew, both returning nett 74s.
The highlight in Sunday’s Fourball was John Hacking’s Eagle two on the 11th for five points, and playing partner Jeff Crowther sealed a comfortable win for the duo with a birdie, par finish for 42 points.
New boys on the block Derek Harwood and Harry Ingram got the better of two other pairs on 40 points after card play-offs with Craig Allison and Dave Kitson, who in turn pushed Eddie White and Garry Speak into fourth with the same score.
A total of 54 ladies played for the Doug Joss Shield, and Jan Walsh came out on top with 40 points. Susan Healey and Eileen Baron both had excellent rounds to fill the second and third spots, and Jan Revis with 36 points slipped onto the Leader Board ahead of Gail Ainsworth.
Marilyn Fletcher, Dorothy Hamer, Jean Anne Speak and Jan Burrows won consolation prizes with their twos.
Eileen Lambert took the honours in the Ladies’ Nine-Hole Stableford and Pat Haydock followed her into the Winners’ Enclosure as the runner-up.
Clitheroe hosts The Open Qualifying Round on Monday, and a big entry means a 7 a.m. start. Visitors and spectators are welcome.
• STONYHURST Park President’s Day was re-scheduled for last weekend after the original competition had been abandoned with a waterlogged course.
In near-perfect conditions, last man out in the competition, Richard Moody, had the best stableford score with 41 points. In second place with 39 points after a card play-off with Richard Jackson, was first man out Steve Clash.
Ian Young won both prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin.
The SPGC Juniors held their last Nine-hole competition before Captain’s Day and Max Hutchinson was the overall winner with 53-18-35. In second place was George Young with 44-5-39.
The 18 hole Junior Captain’s Day competition will be held at 5 p.m. on June 30th with a subsidiary nine-hole competition for the high handicap juniors.
• WHALLEY Golf Club ladies played a medal round for the Margaret Lightfoot Trophy last Thursday.
Leading the field was Margaret Calvert (102-29-73), with Ann Prior second (99-25-74) and Maggie Harvey third (97-22-75).
• WILPSHIRE Golf Club hosted the Jubilee Stableford, which was won by Glenda Astle with 35 points on a card play-off from Margaret Wade.
Lady President’s Day was won by Sylvia Meadows (90-18-72).
Second was Jane Plum (105-32-73), with Fiona Bristow (98-23-75) third.
Best Gross was Jane Smith’s 79.
Hidden Holes winner was Penny Davison, and the Putting Prize went to Kath Jump with 31.